Office for the Aging


Shelley Wagar

1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
Fax: 845-340-3583
Email: swag[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us

It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as  independent as possible, for as long as possible.  This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families.  We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.



A Message from  Shelley Wagar, Director

Hello Ulster County Seniors,

Happy October! I must admit that the Fall and October are pretty much my favorite season and month of the year.  I love the smell of Autumn - the crisp air in the morning, the smell of the apple orchards, the leaves on the ground, and all the beautiful colors of the trees as they turn color and prepare for winter.

This October marks my first anniversary as your Director of the UCOFA.  Our County Executive, Mike Hein, gave me an incredible opportunity a year ago and I sincerely thank him for giving me the very best job I have ever had! I thank every senior I have met these past 12 months as you have made a difference in my life and truly impacted the operations of our office. Our mission is to provide services and resources that make it possible for Ulster County seniors to stay in their homes safely; provide opportunities for fellowship and socialization; and provide healthy and tasty meals through our nutrition programs.  Ulster County seniors feedback and ideas have had a big impact on this mission and we truly look forward to hearing more from you in our upcoming annual public hearings (the flyer is included in this newsletter).

The UCOFA has several events coming up that we would love for you to attend.  October’s Lunch and Learn is “Sleep Well and Sweet Dreams” presented by Jeff Murphy from Health Alliance. The UCOFA Masquerade Ball will be held on October 25 at the Rosendale Community Center (flyer follows in newsletter). Don’t forget to RSVP at 845-340-3456.

The UCOFA also begins our annual public hearings in October.  October 22 at Congregation Emmanuel in Kingston, and October 29 at Shawangunk Town Hall in Wallkill.  Our 3rd hearing is in Woodstock at Woodstock Jewish Congregation on November 5.  All hearings will be from 10:30-Noon and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to UCOFA at 845-340-3456 for the hearings.

I wish all of you the very best October!  See you soon,

Shelley Wagar


The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein

Dear Ulster County Senior,

Every year it is important to shine the light on the difficult subject of Domestic Violence to let people know that there are resources available to help if they find themselves or someone else in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is a national epidemic that affects millions of people, including many people right here in our own community. I urge anyone in need of help to call the 24-hour hotline at 845-338-2370. 

Therefore, I have proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Ulster County. In addition, we will be holding our 6th Annual Domestic Violence Information Forum focusing on Offender Accountability on October 25th from 8:30am-12pm at SUNY Ulster, Vanderlyn Hall in Stone Ridge.  If you are interested in attending this free event please register at   or call Mrs. Farina at 845-687-5192.

As we enter the Autumn season, our Office for the Aging will be holding their Annual Public Hearings throughout the County in Kingston, Wallkill and Woodstock.  I invite you to attend one of the meetings to learn about some of the wonderful programming we offer and to provide feedback and suggestions regarding current programs as well as ideas for future programs. I look forward to your valuable comments and contributions.

I also want to let you know that all the County buses (UCAT) are now equipped with free WiFi. Now you will be able to connect to the internet, whether on your phone, laptop or other device, as you head to your destination. And don’t forget the free “UCAT” App which allows you to find the closest bus stop and to see the current location of the bus and when it will be arriving at your stop.


Michael P. Hein
County Executive 


For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.


CLICK HERE for the October 2018 newsletter